Does Farage really want the UK to leave the EU or is he profiteering from our membership in the crooked organisation?
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by NE Whistleblower
I read an article earlier today from the Daily Reckoning - see below - that caused me to think about how Ukip is doing virtually nothing to take us out of the EU, except, of course, when doing something that accommodates Farage's massive ego.
Compare today with this time last year, before the General Election had been announced. Ukip was a hive of activity, not least raising funds.
It looks as if we shall have our long awaited EU referendum in September but Ukip might as well have stood its troops down. Question remains, why?
Farage could be using his massive EU budget resources to highlight the costs of EU membership in a poster or leaflet campaign but he is not.
He was keen to use his EU budget resources when the Irish were faced with their referendum but that was, no doubt, because it made him a focus of publicity in Ireland.
Ukip has not decided what the UK should do, should we in fact leave the EU, or what it should do afterwards. UKIP's had 17 years in Brussels, with paid researchers, to figure this out. If we take the Norway option we still have to pay the EU and the same applies to the Swiss option. Moreover, we would still have to abide by EU laws in every sector governed by the agreement. Well, what about demanding money from the EU to access our market, by way of a reciprocity agreement. Nothing from Ukip's inert, lazy, mindless, p-c leaders on this, many of whom don't bother to attend their EU Committees.
It seems the only purpose Ukip serves is to produce a cult to worship an ignoble Spiv, who makes a fool of himself bragging about making numerous women pregnant, whilst boasting of his drinking activities. That is, when he is not producing stories about assassination attempts, which bear no close scrutiny and all the features of a media junkie, craving attention.
Then there's the fact that the fact that the supposed Brexit scenario doesn't even appear to be ready. There's a lot of talk about 'sovereignty' and 'taking back control' but that's all pretty abstract.
We need someone to paint us a picture that's less Picasso, whose works were open to interpretation, and more Manet, who painted things the way they were. Neither the governing party, which will remain officially neutral, nor the biggest opposition party has handed us a script of post-EU Britain.
...Let's focus on the big unknown: what's next after a Brexit? What's on offer?
So how might Britain move on if it decides to terminate the partnership? Here are the most likely options.
European Economic Area - EU minus the membership card This option can be described as 'not really in, not really out', or, if you like, the Norway way. It's not really a great option because little would change. Britain would keep its access to the single market, but it would also keep contributing to the EU udget and adopt EU legislation without having a say over it. echnically it could refuse to adopt legislation but that means it would lose ccess to that part of the market. he free movement for people would still apply and EEA members can't negotiate
their own free trade agreements with third countries. ilateral accords - 'It's complicated'.
Perhaps more desirable would be for the UK to become a 'bigger Switzerland'. I'm ot referring to a more neutral foreign policy stance but a series of bilateral accords with the EU.
The upside of this arrangement is that Britain would be free to negotiate its own free trade agreements. The downside is that it still pays the EU for access and it has to absorb EU laws in every sector covered by the agreement."